Scientific name: Dendrobates auratus
Habitat: rainforest floor near small streams or pools
Diet: ants, spiders, termites, fruit flies, caterpillars, worms
Life span: unknown in the wild (average 8.3 years in captivity)
Young: 3-6 eggs/clutch
Size: 4 cm (1.57 in)
The bright colours of poison dart frogs are believed to dissuade predators, warning them of a bad tasting and possibly lethal meal.
Although females of this species lay the eggs, males check on the eggs for 2 weeks until tadpoles emerge. The male carries the tadpoles on his back to a stream or lake where they will transform (metamorphose) into adult frogs within 6 weeks.
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